Week 20 Stats

What an incredible week this was! Now you know why that the previous week of shows (Fabulous Food) wasn’t that good.

Total this Week: $441,963
Total for the Season: $6,723,044
BR Win Record: 43-57 (.43)
Total Car Wins: 13
-1/2 Car: 10 (5 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 26
Gift Tag Wins: 31
Mystery Wedge Wins: 9
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 37-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 17-20
$10K MW was next to LaT: 17
$10K MW was next to $800: 29
Express was Played-Passed: 21-3
-Successes: 11
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 64/43/0
5-Round Games: 21
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 25
Red Winners: 36
Yellow Winners: 35
Blue Winners: 29
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $17,450 */ 1 WC  2
½ CAR/ 3 MDW
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $661,631* / 32 WC / 39 ½ CAR / 11 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $100,623 (Jan. 29), $91,892 (Dec. 26)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $83,743 (Jan. 29), $77,978 (Jan. 27)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7

$32K: 31/70
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 5/11
$50K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes


WoF Recap: January 30, 2015

I’m sorry for the delay of this recap because my computer got infected by viruses yesterday. But I have FIXED it this morning thanks to the help of one of the most trusted anti-virus removal tools. 


$1K Tossup: (MOVIE) TITLE

_ _ C A _ _ / F R _ M
_ L _ A _ R _ Z

Courtney IDs the 1979 flick “ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ” starring Clint Eastwood. These three are here to help us break the $400K mark on the week…

Courtney Stearn: physical therapist and national 3-baton twirler champ/judge from Summerville, SC
Cindy Richter: Fox College physical therapist grad who recently got engaged & runs the Tough Mudder course from Carol Stream, IL
Lawrence Albury: toute sales rep/delivery guy from Philly

$2K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

S T _ _ _
S A _ _ W I _ H

Cindy chomps up a STEAK SANDWICH.

LAST CC TRIP OF WK.: Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego w/ $1K Undercovertourist credit to any So. Cal attraction worth $7,005

Round 1: ON THE MAP

Cindy gets the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 right away w/ three R’s, buys two E’s, and quickly gets the other half w/ three S’s. After she buys three A’s, two O’s and two I’s to clean out the vowels, she duds out w/ P. Lawrence secondly calls two T’s and three N’s at $700 a pop, an F and two C’s worth $800 each, but then a a baddie of H while on the gas cards. After Courtney insta-BANKRUPTS near $650, Cindy puts up $700 B and L singles and a $600 M before we finally reveal…

L O M B A R _
S T R E E T / I N
S A N / F R A N C I S C O

…she wins another $4K and the Fiesta, which she can use to drive down LOMBARD STREET IN FRANCISCO!

DUDS: P (Cindy), H (Lawrence)

Lawrence: $0/Courtney: $1K/Cindy: $20,690 cash & Fiesta


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Lawrence starts this round on a bad note w/ the N. Second, Courtney takes a T while on the MW near $800 and gives back the sure grand for…the BANKRUPT. Third, Cindy LaTs out. Back to Lawrence who fills in a $900 S and four R’s to x5 up, buys three E’s and A’s and FPs two I’s. After that come a $2K pair of F’s, two O’s, a $1K D, a U, but then a potentially fatal dud of M while on the San Diego trip. Courtney then puts up three L’s for $2,100, two $600 C’s, and a $1K Y before we turn to the board…

A L _ _ A _ E T I C A L
O F / C U R L Y

…please don’t send me ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF CURLY FRIES brands; all I want to see id her winning another $4,300.

DUDS: N and M (both by Lawrence)
SOLE LaT: Cindy

Lawrence: NOTHING/Courtney: $5,300/Cindy: $20,690 cash & Fiesta


PP/Express Round: THING

Courtney leads off w/ three T’s for the gas cards, four E’s, $650 H and N singles, and three $600 R’s. She then buys O and A, but the latter isn’t there. Down Cindy’s path second are an $800 F, an I, but then the MDW’s left side. Third for Lawrence are a $600 W but then the same BANKRUPT

T H E / _ E _ T / _ _ R E
F O R / W I N T E R

…and Courtney has found THE BEST CURE FOR WINTER — $3,850, the gas cards, and a tropical trip to the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort in ST. CROIX worth $6,722.

SOLE DUD: A (Courtney)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (other players)

Lawrence: NIL/Courtney: $16,872 cash & prizes/Cindy: $20,690 cash & Fiesta



_ _ L _ C _ _ T _ R
P _ L _ _

Courtney narrows the gap between and the other lady after she’s solved HELICOPTER PILOT.

Speed-Up Round: PHRASE

$1,900 per consonant this time. After a K appears late in this round…

_ N / Y _ _ R / M _ R K
_ _ T / S _ T / _ _ !

…Lawrence says “ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!” to finally avoid being gooseegged.

(NOTE: A null cycle was triggered after Lawrence chose a Y.)

AIRED DUDS: H and C (both by Cindy)

Lawrence: $5,700/Courtney: $19,872 cash & prizes/Cindy: $20,690 cash & Fiesta

GT: $46,262


$100K Bonus Round
Cindy takes out the I envelope from AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This seven-letter answer starts out as…

_ L _ E
S _ _

PCYU should do it for her…

_ L U E
S _ Y 

…she spots the clear BLUE SKY to make Kelly from Monday unhappy and win the $32K to leave w/ $52,690 cash & car. 

$5K SPIN ID: SD0012908

After we add it all up, we have a NEW SERIES-HIGH WEEKLY TOTAL that didn’t have a grand prize win — $441,963!


WoF Recap: January 29, 2015


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ U _ H O _ L A N D
D R _ _ _

Chad locates MULHOLLAND DRIVE. The Thurs. panel this time around…

Chad Ruter: client-services coordinator for software co. from Elgin, IL
Valerie Pavlik: USA Junior Olympic Volleyball coach/referee from Medina, OH (the “bee capital of the world”)
Emily Witte: folk singer/songwriter who lost a 5th Grade spelling bee from Queens, NY (orig. from Charlotte, NC)


_ _ B E _ / W I T _ _ _ T
_ / C A _ _ E

Valerie solves “REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE”. And we’re not offering a California destination this time…


Round 1: PHRASE

She’s off to a bad start w/ an N while on TD. Second, Emily wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s left side. Third, Chad calls off four T’s for $2,200, two E’s, two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and an A, followed by two R’s for another $1,100, four O’s to clean out the vowel shop, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to clean him out of $3,550 and his plate. Back to Valerie who picks up the swimoutlet.com gift tag w/ a B, that MDW w/ two F’s, and three $900 M’s. The near-complete board…

F R O M / T H E
B O T T O M / O F
M _ / H E A R T

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I am happy to say that she’s won $4,200 in cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: N (Valerie)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (others)

Valerie: $6,200 cash & GT MDW/Emily: $0/Chad: $1K


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS (w/ a ? at the end)

The letters Emily picks first are two $500 T’s, a $900 H, and two E’s before the LaT strikes. Chad secondly finds two S’s for $1,600, two A’s, and two N’s for another $1,600. He tries to solve, but changes his mind and continues spinning…he LaTs out. Valerie then puts up a $650 D, a FP J, and a TD K…

D O / _ O _ / K N O _
T H E / _ A _ / T O
S A N / J O S E ?

…why she didn’t go for the Y’s is beyond me, but she exactly recites “DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?” (by Dionne Warwick from ’68) for $4,650.

LaTs: 2 (Valerie’s opponents)
Valerie: $10,850 cash & GT MDW/Emily: ZIPPO/Chad: $1K 

Repeating BP Flashback: BACKPACKER


PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES

First from Chad’s mouth are three T’s for $2,700 and four H’s to already go up to $6,300, then he buys three E’s, three O’s and two U’s before calling three R’s while on the EXPRESS…and he will HOP ABOARD.

Current Bank: $8,550
Next Choices: G…3 A’s…M…2 N’s…2 S’s, B, C, K and the last consonant of D

A / H O R S E B A C K
R _ D E / T H R O U G H
T H E / M O U N T A _ N S

…in addition to another $18,300, he will take A HORSEBACK RIDE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS on a trip to the W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa in PUERTO RICO worth $7,323; that was a $25,623 round for him!


Valerie: $10,850 cash & GT MDW/Emily: NO LUCK/Chad: $26,623 cash & P.R.


$3K Tossup: THING

E _ _ _ T _ I C
G U I _ _ R

Valerie rocks out on this ELECTRIC GUITAR to up her score to $13,850.

Speed-Up Round: PLACES

For the second time this week, we have a $6K FS! After that man buys three E’s for free…

_ _ N E _ _ R D S
_ N D / W _ N E R _ E S

…he swipes another $42K from these VINEYARDS AND WINERIES, and has recorded the THIRD-HIGHEST MAINGAME TOTAL OF ALL-TIME!!!  

AIRED DUDS: T (Emily), L (Valerie), C (Emily), B (Valerie), G (Emily), P (Valerie)

Valerie: $13,850 cash & GT/Emily: $1K GOOSEEGG/Chad: $68,623 cash & P.R.

GT: $83,473! (2nd-highest of the season)
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $3,550


$100K Bonus Round
Should Chad be successful, he’ll become the highest non-million winner of the season with at least six figures. He lands on the S of AMERICA’S.

Category: THING
This pair of letters appear first…

_ / _ _ R _
_ L _ _

DCWO should do it for him…

_ / W _ R _
_ L O W

…he does indeed have A WARM GLOW in his heart! We weren’t so lucky last night on the envelope after the BR was won, but how about tonight?…

...no, that damned $32K strikes again — ugh! But he does end up with a final total of $100,623 cash & trip!  

$5K SPIN ID: CC0481519

Vanna stands in center stage alone to do the final chat (jokingly due to budget constraints), saying that a GT of $363,701 has been given away so far this week! And both her and Chad are standing there while the credits roll!


WoF Recap: January 28, 2015


$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ O _ _ E R _ Y
_ A _

Nick locates MONTEREY BAY. The midweek players are as follows…

Nick Parlapiano: Italian teacher at Van Wyck Jr. HS (he’s been to Italy thrice and has at least two dogguses) from Wingdale, NY
Kele Makaiau: accountant from Kailua Kona
Taya Duchatellier: healthcare mgmt. grad student at South Univ. (she also collects quarters) from Atlanta

$2K Tossup: THING

O _ _ _ C _ L
_ _ _ U _ _ _ N

Nick isn’t seeing an OPTICAL ILLUSION, because he triples up.

FEATURED CC TRIP: MacArthur Place Hotel in Sonoma worth $6,250

Round 1: PHRASE

Here he goes w/ two T’s for $1,600, the buys of three E’s and four A’s, three H’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and an I to clear the vowel shop. He follows up w/ two FP C’s, a $650 K, a $900 B, an R for that MDW…but then the BANKRUPT near $900 to wipe out $4,900 and both his cardboard pieces; darn. Kele then calls up two N’s for $1,800, and an M for the gas cards…

M E A N _ H I _ E
B A C K / A T
T H E / R A N C H

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH, Kele’s scored $3,300 cash & gas cards.


Taya: $0/Nick: $3K/Kele: $3,300 cash & GT


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

First for Kele are an R for the same 1/2 CAR but then S for sorry while on the CC wedge. Second, Taya takes a $500 T and an L via the MW near LaT and flips it over to find…nothing. Third, Nick captures quad N’s for 14 grand, an I, a $500 C, two O’s, three E’s, two A’s, and two $500 G’s…

_ E E L I N G / A N
C O _ N T _

…he’s not PEELING AN ORANGE COUNTY but rather winning another $14,500!

SOLE DUD: S (Kele)

Taya: DONUT/Nick: $17,500/Kele: $3,300 cash & GT


PP/Express Round: SAME LETTER

The scoreless Taya gets going w/ a $700 T, the SL bonus of four $500 R’s, and four E’s, then come two $500 S’s, but then C for crud. Nick secondly lights up two TD N’s, two I’s, two $800 G’s, an A, and two L’s while on the same 1/2 CAR before he…

R E _ R E S _ I N G
R E L A _ I N G
R E S T _ _ L

…solves REFRESHING, RELAXING, RESTFUL to add $9,100 and a $7,500 trip to the Pelican Eyes Resort in NICARAGUA.

SOLE DUD: C (Taya)

Taya: NO LUCK/Nick: $34,100 cash & Nicaragua/Kele: $3,300 cash & GT


$3K Tossup: TITLE

J _ _ _ _ S / _ _ _ / T _ E
_ I _ N _ / _ _ _ _ H

Nick sweeps the Tossups w/ “JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH“.


The first letters he calls are two $800 N’s, three A’s, and an E, then come two $900 R’s, two FP L’s, two O’s, an $800 T and two $900 C’s before we finally sound the S-U bells…

A / C L O C _ / _ _ T _
R O _ A N / N _ _ E R A L _

…we don’t quite make it to the big one again, but we still have a $1,500 FS. He puts up the M’s…

A / C L O C _ / _ _ T _
R O M A N / N _ M E R A L _

…and A CLOCK WITH ROMAN NUMERALS forces the budget people to pay him another $9,250.


Taya: $1K GOOSEEGG/Nick: $46,350 cash & Nicaragua/Kele: $3,300 cash & GT

GT: $50,650
BANKRUPT TRASH (extras excluded): $5,400


$100K Bonus Round
The BW stops on the M of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
Another decent RSTLNE setup…

_ _ L L / _ N
T _ E / _ _ _ S

PHGO puts in besides the obvious H…

_ _ L L / _ N
T H E / G _ P S

…does he FILL IN THE (remaining) GAPS this instant…yes he does! Please don’t let that damn minimum show up…

but it does — phooey. Anyway, he leaves us w/ $78,350 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: CM9610547

(END NOTE: In the BR bumper sponsored by Post Shredded Wheat, a ’15 FIAT 500c is available in the BR, possibly in next week’s Fun & Fit Week; we’ve seen that car before on said week back in S29 and S30.) 


WoF Recap: January 27, 2015


$1K Tossup: PLACE

_ E _ _ _ E / B E A _ H
B O A _ D W A _ K

Nicole IDs the VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s meet Tuesday’s panel…

Nicole Weisenburger: software developer for leasing co. in the Twin Cities and two-time skydiver from Delano, MN
Evan Niesenson: NYU assistant director of alumni relations at NYC and grad student from NYC
Weatherly Schroeder: from Katy, TX (Pat mistakenly thought she and husband Chad of 4.5 yrs had two sets of identical twin bros.)

$2K Tossup: PEOPLE

 _ A N _ L / O F
_ X P _ R T S

This PANEL OF EXPERTS give Nicole’s solve solve a thumbs up, so she triples up.

FEATURED CC TRIP: caravan.com tour of the CC and Yosemite worth $6K
Tues./Thurs. Gift Tag: SwimOutlet.com


She kicks off w/ two S’s for $1,400, four A’s, but then the LaT. Second, Evan wastes a spin w/ the BANKRUPT near TD. Third, Weatherly calls up two T’s for $1,200, two I’s, three N’s for $2,400 and two E’s to clean out the vowels. Following three TD W’s…

I T ‘ S / A / N E W
_ A W N
I T ‘ S / A / N E W
_ A _

…she exactly recites “IT’S A NEW DAWN, IT’S A NEW DAY” from Nina Simone for $10,600 and the early lead.

SOLE LaT: Nicole

Nicole: $3K/Evan: $0/Weatherly: $10,600


Mystery Round: SHOW BIZ

Evan’s up first w/ three T’s for the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900, five E’s and an A, two R’s for another $1,300, and an O, followed by two S’s for the tour, two L’s for $1,300, and five I’s to wipe out the vowel shop…

S _ I E _ _ E
_ I _ T I O _ / E _ I _
I _ T E R S T E L L A R

…he solves SCIENCE FICTION EPIC INTERSTELLAR for $10,100 cash & tour.


Nicole: $3K/Evan: $10,100 cash & tour 1/2 CAR/Weatherly: $10,600


PP/Express Round: RHYME TIME

First on Weatherly’s letter menu are an S for the MDW, a FP dud of I (the only bad vowel of this puzzle), three T’s for $2,700, and the four good vowels. But after a $600 L is the other BANKRUPT to let $2,300 and her MDW go up in smoke. Nicole then puts up three $700 D’s, four Y’s and an N ($900 a pop for those five) before facing this…

D O N ‘ T / D E L A Y
_ O O _ / Y O U _
S T A Y / T O D A Y

…she says “DON’T DELAY, BOOK YOUR STAY TODAY” for $6,600 and a trip to the Si Como No Resort in COSTA RICA worth $6,928; everybody is now five figures!
SOLE DUD: I (Weatherly)

Nicole: $16,528 cash & trip/Evan: $10,100 cash & tour/Weatherly: $10,600


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ H E / _ _ A D
T O / R _ _ _ E S

Evan fouls that one up w/ THE LAND TO RICHES.

_ H E / R _ A D
T O / R _ _ _ E S

Weatherly continues THE ROAD TO RICHES to move to $13,600.

Round 4: THING

Her first picks are three T’s for $1,650, two A’s, a $500 N, but then I for invalid. Second, Nicole BANKRUPTs next to TD. Third, Evan captures a TD L, four E’s, and three C’s for another 15 grand
L E T T E _ / _ _
A C C E _ T A N C E

…he makes the $19,750 solve of LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE!

SOLE DUD: I (Weatherly)

Nicole: $16,528 cash & trip/Evan: $29,850 cash & tour/Weatherly: $13,600


Speed-Up Round: WAYD?

Oh, Evan just inspired Pat — it’s a $6K Final Spin! After a B shows its face…

R _ B _ _ T _ N G
T H _ / _ _ M _ _ T _ R

Nicole’s REBOOTING THE COMPUTER for $18K and the win!

Nicole: $34,528 cash & trip/Evan: $29,850 cash & tour/Weatherly: $13,600 

GT: $77,978! (2nd-highest of season)
BANKRUPT TRASH (MDW excluded): $2,300


$100K Bonus Round
BTW, the Jeep Cherokee on offer this week is the Trailhawk edition and it’s worth at least $30K according to that car’s website. Nicole lands on the I of WIN.

Category: THING
I think I know this…

_ _ _ _ L _
S _ _ _ 

Unfortunately, she’s CDMA conservative…

_ _ _ _ L _
S _ A _

…she’s wrong w/ BUBBLE SOAP, but she then nails BUBBLY SOAP! As a result…

…she pulls an Emil de Leon moment by winning the $45K, giving her a final total of $79,528 cash & trip!

$5K SPIN ID: JA4373517

VIDEO BONUS: Nicole’s EPIC solve!


WoF Recap: January 26, 2015

As this month comes to a close, it’s time for another salute to the “California Coast”.


VTR: Dec. 4 (this was taped right before “Fabulous Food” last week)

$1K Tossup: SONG TITLE

_ O _ E _
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ A

Kelly solves The Eagles’ “HOTEL CALIFORNIA”. One of these people might be staying in one in the near future…

Kelly Bishop: comm. major at Univ. of HI in Hilo from Hakalau, HI
Melissa Heholt: CEO of a wedding/event planning co. in NYC who’s been watching this show since she was eight w/ her grandma from Edgewater, NJ
Mike Jones: married systems admin. for a managed services org. from Lacey, WA

$2K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ _ E / _ _ / O _
T _ E / E _ S E N C E

Melissa knows that TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE in this game.

FEATURED CC TRIP: Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel worth $7,550
Mon./Wed./Fri. Gift Tag: gas cards
1/2 CAR: Fiesta
Round 1: PLACE

Melissa picks up the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 right away w/ an S, calls up three T’s for $2,700, and buys three E’s, but her next call of H is a dud. Second, Mike finds three R’s for $2,400, two $900 N’s, and four A’s, then we have…

_ E _ E T A R _ A N
R E S T A _ R A N T

…he solves VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT for $3,950.

SOLE DUD: H (Melissa)

Kelly: $1K/Melissa: $2K/Mike: $3,950


Mystery Round: BEFORE & AFTER

Our early leader begins this one w/ two H’s for $1,600, three T’s for the same 1/2 CAR, three $700 L’s, and three E’s, but an A buy costs him his turn. Second, Kelly picks up the gas card (Route 66 on it) w/ three N’s, buys two I’s, and says an S while on the MW near LaT. She risks $2,250 cash & gas to find…$$$! She next picks up the WC w/ a W (though she nearly took too long calling that consonant) and buys five O’s…

H O L L _ W O O _
S I _ N
O N / T H E
_ O T T E _ / L I N E

…and solves HOLLYWOOD SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE to win $12,500 cash & GT.

SOLE DUD: A (Mike)

Kelly: $13,500 cash & gas WC/Melissa: $2K/Mike: $3,950 


PP/Express Round: THING

Off Kelly goes w/ three R’s for $2,100, three E’s, but then the sole dud vowel of I. Going down Melissa’s road second are three S’s for $1,950, a $700 T, two $500 N’s, double U’s and twin A’s, after which she says a $700 W, three O’s, a $650 C and three P’s for the MDW. Here’s the board…

A / S U P P _ _ / O _
W A T E R P R O O _

…she’s gonna need A SUPPLY OF WATERPROOF SUNSCREEN, because she’s won $4,250 and a trip All Soul Luxury Villa in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC worth $6,400.

SOLE DUD: I (Kelly)

Kelly: $13,500 cash & gas WC/Melissa: $12,650 cash & D.R. MDW/Mike: $3,950



_ R _ _
_ _ I _ _ _ _ _ _ E

Yabba dabba doo — Kelly IDs FRED FLINSTONE.

Round 4: WAYD?

First up are three R’s for $1,500, three T’s for another $1,950, but then BANKRUPT trouble near the big one to forfeit $3,450 and that WC. Speaking of trouble, Melissa gets the other one to say goodbye to that MDW. Third for Mike are a $550 N, a $600 G, two A’s, two S’s for $1,800, and an I, but next is L for loss. Back to Kelly who puts in two C’s for a grand and a $600 H, but she then gets Melissa’s BANKRUPT to give back $1,600. Said middle lady then fills in a $700 F and an O before solving (SEMI-SPINGLE ALERT)…

S T A R T I N G / F R O _

…she’s correct even though she was STARTING FROM SCRATCH on her second turn.

SOLE DUD: L (Mike)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (ladies; Kelly 2x)

Kelly: $16,500 cash & gas/Melissa: $13,650 cash & D.R./Mike: $3,950  


Speed-Up Round: FUN & GAMES

The FS is set at $1,700. After two C’s pop up late in this round…

C _ T C _ I N G / _
F R I S B _ _

Mike’s CATCHING A FRISBEE for $8,500.

DUDS: L (Melissa), W (Kelly)

Kelly: $16,500 cash & gas/Melissa: $13,650 cash & D.R./Mike: $12,450

GT: $42,600
BANKRUPT TRASH (excluding MDW and WC): $5,050


$100K Bonus Round
This week’s car provided by Motor Village L.A. was revived last year and was formerly known as the Liberty — a 2015 Jeep Cherokee. Kelly spins up the W.

Category: PHRASE
Good head start…

N _ _ E
_ _ R _ E T _

PCHA fills in two more blanks…

N _ C E
_ A R _ E T _

…the radio station I listen to in Houston every day has a NICE VARIETY of music, but she STILL DOESN’T know the bottom word and loses the $45K.

$5K SPIN ID: CT8844882


Week 19 Stats

This week was mostly quiet and I will officially take the $35K off the list. Good thing Steven from Thursday saved their butts this week.

Total this Week: $211,364
Total for the Season: $6,281,081
BR Win Record: 39-56 (.411)
Total Car Wins: 12
-1/2 Car: 9 (4 Ford Fiestas, 4 Nissa Versa Note Ss, 1 Chevy Spark)
-BR Car: 3 (Chevy Camaro, BMW x3, VW Beetle Conv.)
Prize Wedge Wins: 25
Gift Tag Wins: 27
Mystery Wedge Wins: 8
Mystery was Flipped-Declined: 34-11
MW was $10K-Bankrupt: 16-18
$10K MW was next to LaT: 14
$10K MW was next to $800: 28
Express was Played-Passed: 20-3
-Successes: 10
-Crashes: 10
Wild Card Usages
-Maingame: 7 (6 on $3,500, 1 on $900)
-BR: 13
FP Vowels/Consonants/Solves: 62/40/0
5-Round Games: 19
6-Round Games: 0
Gooseegg Victims: 23
Red Winners: 34
Yellow Winners: 34
Blue Winners: 27
This Week’s Bankrupt Trash: $23,750 */ 1 WC  
Total Bankrupt Trash for the Season: $644,181* / 31 WC / 37 ½ CAR / 8 MDW
Biggest Bankrupt: $20,625* (Jan. 8), $20,600* (Sept. 16), $17,250 (Oct. 29) 
Season-Worst Bankrupt Trashes for One Night: $49,175* (Jan 8.), $27,630* (Sept. 18), $27,500 (Oct. 1)
Top 3 Winning Totals: $1,017,490 (Sept. 17), $91,892 (Dec. 26), $87,388 (Dec. 17)
Bottom 3 Winning Totals: $13,410 (Dec. 16), $13,356 (Sept. 15), $11,000 (Sept. 18)
Highest Maingame Winnings: $93,892 (Dec. 26), $63,524 (Nov. 27), $58,690 (Oct. 20)
Season-High Week: $1,200,274 (Teachers Week)

Bonus Round Stats

Perfect BR Weeks: 0
BR Shutouts: 0
$1M Bonus Rounds: 7

$32K: 28/67
$40K: 3/9
$45K: 4/9
$50K: 0/1
$100K (or $1M): 1/2
CAR: 3/7

* includes prizes

WoF Recap: January 23, 2015


$1K Tossup: FOOD & DRINK

_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _ _ N _ _ F

James quickly eats up some BEEF STROGANOFF. The end-of-week panelists…

James Trahan: social media strategist for a very small co. & hockey player/fan who does the “Frog Throat” from Clinton Township, MI
Kelly Vander Meer: Richards HS special ed teacher from Chicago
Lindsey Hoffman: financial consultant at a local credit union from Maple Valley, WA


T _ _ _ A _
J E F _ E R _ O N

Why didn’t they save this for an “America’s Game” week? Anyway, Kelly IDs THOMAS JEFFERSON for control.

FINAL INTREPID TRIP OF WK.: Italy worth $8,050


She first calls a $550 N but BANKRUPTS near TD just as quick. Second, Lindsey calls up three T’s for $2,700, buys an E, but gets the exact same fate. Third, James picks two D’s for $1,200, three I’s, a $700 S, a U, but then L for loss. Kelly’s second turn sees her putting up a $900 R, but then hitting the other normal BANKRUPT. Lindsey then SPINGLES for a $900 B…

B I R T _ D _ _
_ N D / T I E

…and puts on a BIRTHDAY SUIT AND TIE to get on the board.

SOLE DUD: L (James)
BANKRUPTS: 3 (both ladies; Kelly 2x)

Kelly: $2K/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS

Lindsey leads off w/ three T’s for $2,700, two E’s, two H’s for another $1,800, but then A for awful (and it’s the only bad vowel of this puzzle). Second, James spots a $700 S, but then BANKRUPTs neat $650. Third, Kelly picks up the 1/2 CAR near the orange $900 w/ an N, buys three I’s, and lights up a $600 W. After she then buys the other two good vowels…

S T U _ _ / I N
T H E / _ I _ _ _ E
W I T H / _ O U

…she doesn’t sound confident, but “STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU” by Stealers Wheel from ’72 is right for the house minimum; still, she should’ve gone for the L’s.

SOLE DUD: A (Lindsey)

Kelly: $3K 1/2 CAR/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

The lead-off spinner, James, hits his second straight BANKRUPT (this one on the MDW’s right side). Second for Kelly are a $700 T, four $600 N’s, an I and four A’s, two $700 G’s, three O’s, and three L’s for $1,800 (she was close to hitting either FP or the EXPRESS on those spins). Following a FP E to wipe out the vowel shop…

_ T _ O L L I N G
A L O N G / O N / A
_ A N _ _ / _ E A _ _

…she’ll be STROLLING ALONG ON A SANDY BEACH, because she’s won $5,550 plus a trip to the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort in ARUBA worth $6,200.


Kelly: $14,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $1K/James: $1K


$3K Tossup: PHRASE

_ _ O M / _ _ A R T
_ O / F _ N _ S _

Lindsey solves FROM START TO FINISH to quadruple up.

Round 4: SHOW BIZ

First from her mouth are a $900 N, two $5K T’s, but then a worthless E. Second for James are three S’s for $1,500, three A’s, a FP E repeat, then come a $650 H, a $500 D, a $900 F…but then the BANKRUPT near the big one to forfeit $3,300…

A / _ A S T / _ F
T H _ _ S A N D S

…and Kelly just solves A CAST OF THOUSANDS.

SOLE DUD: E (Lindsey)

Kelly: $15,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K


Speed-Up Round: LANDMARK

$1,500 per consonant here. Late in this round, Lindsey calls up the N to leave only vowels remaining…

T H E / P _ _ N T E D

…this is in Arizona, but she blows the solve by a letter w/ THE POINTED DESERT. James next says the same bad answer twice. Kelly then ends this kinda sloppy round w/ THE PAINTED DESERT.

SOLE DUD: F (Kelly)
DQs: 3 (blown solves by her opponents)

VB: Late stage of this round

Kelly: $18,750 cash & Aruba/Lindsey: $4K/James: $1K

GT: $23,750


$100K Bonus Round
Kelly’s got the M envelope of GAME.

Category: PHRASE
I know the trick that Harry’s using on this one…

_ _ / T _ E
_ _ _ R T

…she CMPOs out of the game and that BW was stuck on $32K all week long for only the second time this season. The answer was BY THE QUART.

$5K SPIN ID: SV4368615
Last Dish of the Week: Lasagna

MY EP. RATING: 4 (unnecessary R1 and R2 solves, late S-U bad solves, and a bad BR playing)

WoF Recap: January 22, 2015



S A _ A D
S _ I N _ _ R

Sarah solves SALAD SPINNER. Next three guests, please…

Sarah Naylor: spa manager & animal shelter volunteer from Charleston, SC
Steven Dieringer: accountant for The Greater Cleveland Partnership from Cleveland, OH
Keisha Ellis: FIT worker, does clinical registration at hospital amd is also a junior board member for Beyond the Burrows Scholarship Fund from Brooklyn

$2K Tossup: THINGS

C A U S _ / A N D
E _ _ _ _ _

Steven solves CAUSE AND EFFECT.

FEATURED INTREPID TRIP: Japan worth $10,700

Round 1: SAME NAME

That man kicks off w/ four N’s for the WC, three A’s, a D for the restaurant.com gift tag, a $900 T, but then E for error. Second, Keisha puts up two TD R’s, two O’s, and the same number of S’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900…

_ A N _ O / A N D
A _ R O N
S T R _ N _ S

…but she blows the solve w/ TANGO AND APRON STRINGS, so she’s gonna have to give back the plate and $5,750 once this round is over. Sarah then lights up a $900 P, FPs a G, but then squanders her turn w/ the M…

_ A N _ O / A N D
S T R _ N G S

…and Steven capitalizes w/ BANJO AND APRON STRINGS for $3,900 cash & GT.

DUDS: E (Steven), M (Sarah)
SOLE DQ: Keisha’s blown solve

Steven: $5,900 cash & GT WC/Keisha: $0/Sarah: $1K


Mystery Round: FOOD & DRINK

Keisha’s road to redemption begins w/ a $600 T, four R’s for another $3,200, six E’s, and three H’s for another $2,100. But after an O buy is the BANKRUPT near $650 to clean her out of $5,400. Going down Sarah’s road second are a $700 F but then the LaT. Third, Steven tacks on an $800 W, three S’s and two M’s at $500 a pop, the leftover vowels of four A’s and two I’s, and two C’s for another $1,800. The board as it reads…

C A R A M E _ I _ E _
_ E A C H E S / W I T H
F R E S H / R O S E M A R _

…he eats some CARAMELIZED PEACHES WITH FRESH ROSEMARY for another $4,600.

SOLE LaT: Sarah

Steven: $10,500 cash & GT WC/Keisha: NIL/Sarah: $1K

Bonus Puzzle Flashback (1990): PERSON
Karen chose GCHA…

G _ R _

…but she failed to solve GURU.


PP/Express Round: WAYD?

Sarah FPs two E’s to start this round, but her R call ends her turn just as quick. Second, Steven inserts three N’s for $2,100, buys five I’s and an A, spots a $650 S, but then runs into the other normal BANKRUPT to lose $2,250 and the WC. Third, Keisha gets her second DQ of the night by repeating the R. Back to Sarah who finds three L’s for $2,700, a $650 F and an O to clean out the vowels…

L I _ I N _ / L I F E
O N / I S L A N _ / _ I _ E

…she’ll be LIVING LIFE ON ISLAND TIME because she’s won $3,100 and a trip to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in HAWAII.

SOLE DUD: R (Sarah)
SOLE DQ: R (Keisha)

Steven: $10,500 cash & GT/Keisha: BAD SHAPE/Sarah: $11,679 cash & HI


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

A _ _ E N S
_ _ _ _ _ _

Steven locates ATHENS, GREECE to take back the lead.

Round 4: PHRASE

His next moves are a $700 N, two T’s for $1,200, three O’s, but then the LaT. Keisha secondly duds out w/ S. Third for Sarah are three R’s for $1,500, two E’s, two L’s for another $1,100, an I, but then the S-U signal…

_ O N T R _ R _ / T O
_ O _ _ L _ R / _ E L I E _

…and the leftover consonants are worth $1,900 each. Her next call is an F, but she just says the first word right before the buzzer — I have to DQ her for that. Steven then puts up the twin P’s…

_ O N T R _ R _ / T O
P O P _ L _ R / _ E L I E F

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, he seals the deal w/ another $5,450.

SOLE DUD (before FS): S (Keisha)
SOLE LaT: Steven
SOLE DQ: T-O by Sarah

Steven: $18,950 cash & GT/Keisha: DESERVING $1K GOOSEEGG/Sarah: $11,679 cash & HI

Keisha really fell apart after that bad solve in R1.

GT: $31,629
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus WC): $7,650


$100K Bonus Round
He takes that BW to the C.

Category: THING
This is what you need for your car…

_ _ _ E R
_ L _ _ _ 

CPDO adds…

_ _ P E R
_ L _ _ D

…he gets WIPER FLUID…but for only the damn minimum, so he’s outta here w/ $50,950 cash & GT.

$5K SPIN ID: DH2928985
Tonight’s Dish: Very Veggie Tempura


WoF Recap: January 21, 2015



M _ _ _
T _ _ _ _ R I _ E R

Susan’s shaking her head as she goofs w/ MEAT THERMOMETER.

M _ A _
T _ _ _ _ R I Z E R

Chris solves MEAT TENDERIZER. These players are hungry tonight for big winnings…

Chris Parisi: recently-engaged Middlesex HS Science teacher & Giants football fan from Bloomfield, NJ
Hillary Hagler: flight attendant and Boston sports fan w/ two rescue chihuahuas from Playa Del Rey, CA (orig. from Boston)
Susan Zoghelb: registered dietician and freelance writer from Bethlehem, PA (orig from Beirut, Lebanon)

$2K Tossup: WAYD?

S _ A Y I N G / O N
_ _ H E D U _ _

Hillary could be STAYING ON SCHEDULE after solving this puzzle.

FEATURED INTREPID TRIP: Spain worth $6,082

Round 1: FOOD & DRINK

She gets the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 right away w/ an R, calls up two TD T’s, but then buys a bad vowel in A. Second, Susan spots two L’s for $1,400, buys seven E’s, but then says a dud of N. Third, Chris lights up a $1,950 trio of H’s, but LaTs out…

T H R E E – _ H E E _ E
_ T _ _ _ E _ / _ H E L L _

…and Hillary eats up some THREE-CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS for $5,250.

DUDS: A (Hillary), N (Susan)
SOLE LaT: Chris

Hillary: $7,250 1/2 CAR/Susan: $0/Chris: $1K


Mystery Round: QUOTATION

T for trouble is how Susan starts. Second in line, Chris digs up two S’s for $1,600, two A’s, but nothing more w/ H. Third, Hillary lights up four L’s for $2,800, two E’s, a $650 N, four O’s, a $600 C, and two R’s for a duplicate of the same 1/2 CAR

O L _ / _ _ N _
C O L E / _ A S
A / _ E R R _
O L _ / S O _ L

…she exactly recites “OLD KING COLE HAS A MERRY OLD SOUL” for the Versa Note and another $4,550 in gas money! 

DUDS: T (Susan), H (Chris)

Hillary: $26,775 cash & Versa/Susan: BUPKIS/Chris: $1K


PP/Express Round: THINGS

Chris picks up the Beef Bucks debit card right away w/ an N, only to give it right back and the $500 to the MDW’s right side. Second for Hillary are a $700 T, four $800 S’s, two O’s and an A, but then the LaT. On Susan’s radar third are two C’s for $1,200, three I’s, a TD F, the other two vowels, two R’s for $1,300, and two P’s for $1,200. Here’s what we’re looking at right now…

C R U I S E / S _ I P S
I N / P O R T S
O F / C A _ _

…she solves CRUISE SHIPS IN PORTS OF CALL for her first $6,450 and the $6K Costa CARIBBEAN CRUISE.

SOLE LaT: Hillary

Hillary: $26,775 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K


$3K Tossup: ON THE MAP

_ _ . / _ _ _ I S
M _ S _ _ _ _ _

Home of the MLB’s Cardinals, Hillary locates ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Round 4: PHRASE

A $1,500 trio of T’s get her started, but the BANKRUPT near TD takes it all right back. Second, Susan FPs a dud vowel of A, lights up an $800 R, buys five E’s, but then loses a turn w/ an L call. After Chris falls victim to the same BANKRUPT, Hillary captures a $2,100 trio of N’s, two U’s, and a $500 C…

U N E _ _ E C T E _
T U R N / _ _ / E _ E N T _

…aside from an UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS, Hillary’s padded her big lead by another $2,350.

DUDS (both by Susan): A & L
BANKRUPTS: 2 (Hillary, Chris)

Hillary: $32,125 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K


Round 5: PERSON

After the middle lady starts w/ a $1K pair of N’s, it’s S-U time…

_ / _ _ _ _ N _ / _ _
_ / _ _ _ _ N _

…w/ an $1,800 FS. Just before Vanna’s finished lighting up the triple F’s…

_ / F R _ _ N _ / _ F
_ / F R _ _ N _

Hillary proves to be A FRIEND OF A FRIEND for $5,400

SOLE DUD (after FS): G (Susan)

Hillary: $37,525 cash & Versa/Susan: $12,450 cash & cruise/Chris: $1K

GT: $50,795
BANKRUPT TRASH: $3K cash & debit card


$100K Bonus Round
Hillary spins her way to the S of SPIN.

Category: THING
Calling the right vowel on this one could make or break her…

_ _ _ _ _ N E _
_ E _ _ _ T

PMCA doesn’t add to much more…

C _ M _ _ N E _
_ E _ _ _ T

…I’d rather not know the COMBINED WEIGHT of all the prizes available in this part of the game, as she blows the first word w/ COMPANY and is the third straight $32K loser.

$5K SPIN ID: TZ3812638

Paella’s being served to the hosts.